The five areas of Sheffield with coronavirus deaths in July, and how the city's infection rate compares to others

A total of five people in Sheffield died after testing positive for coronavirus during July, new figures show, with the city’s infection rate continuing to fall week on week.

By Lloyd Bent
Friday, 28th August 2020, 3:12 pm

The latest data from the Office of National Statistics reveals the number of deaths in different regions in July, revealing the areas of Sheffield where people died.

In Sheffield, the areas where people died due to Covid-19 were: Parson Cross; Firth Park; Park Hill and Wybourn; Arbourthorne; Norton and Norton Lees.

One person died in each of these areas.

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New data shows where in Sheffield people have died with coronavirus (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

In July, Sheffield’s infection rate was on the rise, with the weekly number of new cases per 100,000 of the city’s population increasing throughout the month.

However during August the infection – or incident – rate in Sheffield has been on the decline and now stands at 9.2. In July it rose as high as 17.0.

This means that in Sheffield in the week up to August 24, 54 people tested positive for coronavirus. This is down from 96 the week before.

And while Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis has warned that the falling infection rate is not a reason to be any less careful, it does mean that Sheffield’s rate of new cases is significantly lower than some other northern cities.

In Manchester, where local lockdown measures are still in place, the infection rate currently stands at 41.2 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week.

In Leicester – where the first local lockdown was imposed – it stands at 37.0.

Elsewhere in Yorkshire, the infection rate in Leeds is 21.7, and in nearby Nottingham it is 11.1.

In Liverpool the infection rate is 14.7 and in Newcastle it stands at 13.2.

Health experts in Sheffield have explained that the best way to ensure that the infection rate in Sheffield stays down and to therefore limit the number of people testing positive – and potentially dying – with coronavirus is to get more people tested.

Health protection manager for the council Ruth Granger stressed the importance of this among younger people, who are now more likely to carry the virus.